Diversity and Inclusion

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion’s creation is to provide cultural awareness through programming and activities for the entire Vol State Community. The office also provides a variety of training to address diversity and inclusion. Collaborating with faculty, staff, students and student organizations, this unit of student services offers co-curricular programming to support understanding bout diversity and inclusion within the College’s Mission and strategic priorities. Working with the Diversity and Cultural Awareness standing committee, the office will support and executive initiatives for the continued education surrounding diversity and inclusion.

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Mission Statement

To provide support services for underrepresented students. To assist in the recruitment and retention of underrepresented students. To build a sense of community and unity among all students. To further the Volunteer State 's goal of promoting diversity and equality of all persons at Volunteer State.

Diversity initiatives strives to make the academic and social integration of underrepresented students to college life as smooth as possible through mentoring and exposure to academic programs and student services. The availability of leadership training and attendance to regional and national conferences further enhances diverse students' experiences.

Download the Vol State Diversity Plan in PDF format

Why Diversity Matters

Imagine a world where everything was the same and there were no options or differences. You ate the same meal every day, you wore the same type of clothes, watched the same shows on the television and everyone thought the exact same way. What if you didn't think the same way, act the same way, dress the same way and you were shunned, isolated and not considered during decision making processes? Wouldn't that be a tragic and horrific existence? Thankfully, we live in a society that is vastly different. Diversity and Inclusion denotes that yes, we are all different. We don't have the same mindset, we don't share that same background, and we don't share the same values. But the beautiful part in that difference is there are similarities. Once we learn to capitalize on the similarities, then the differences will melt away. But not only do we need  to understand and celebrate our differences, but we also need to know that every person deserves their individual voices heard. The ability to celebrate differences and having different perspectives can blend into a wonderful conglomerate. What would a dinner be like if you have a savory meal in front of you, but it was bland without taste? You reach for salt, but realize because it's different, it's not on the table. Or you reach for a utensil to eat with and discover it's different so it wasn't permitted at the table. That's how Diversity and Inclusion works. you can't have one without the other. So when we view people who aren't like us, let's remind ourselves, "Do I want to merely exist? Or do I want to enjoy my life through the beauty of differences?"  - Dr. Kenny E. Yarbrough

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